The Lute Society: Meetings


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Lute society meetings are free for all to attend, although there is usually a charge if you wish to attend the recital at the end of the meeting.

Agendas from previous meetings are available.

Unless otherwise noted, meetings are generally held at the Dutch Church, 7 Austin Friars, London EC2N 2HA (nearest tubes: Bank, Liverpool Street).

Next meeting

The Lute Society AGM will take place via a video meeting on 20 July 2024 at 16.00 UK summer time (GMT + 1). Contact the Secretary for the url.


1. Minutes of the previous AGM (published in The Lutezine 145, and online at
2. Matters arising
3. Treasurer's report. The 2023 accounts have been published on-line at
4. Secretary’s report (including reports on the Journal and on Publications)
5. RESOLUTION: to make the annual journal The Lute open access from the 2025 edition onwards, i.e. made publicly and freely available in electronic form. Copies will still be printed and paper members will be able to buy a copy for a small charge if they wish.
6. RESOLUTION: Election of president. David van Edwards is due for re-election as president for a three year term. He is willing to stand again, and no other candidates have come forward.
7. RESOLUTION: Election of trustees.
There are eleven vacancies. During the year the committee became aware that under the constitution the appointments of trustees at previous AGMs were unsafe if they weren't named in the notice of that AGM. To correct the position, David van Edwards and Kevin Drake, the only validly elected Trustees, ratified the appointment of the other trustees. Under the constitution, those trustees must stand for re-election at this AGM if they wish to continue as trustees. The nine standing for election are Nancy Carlin, Sam Chapman, Richard Corran, Luke Emmet, Peter Jones, Ciska Mertens, David Protheroe, Sarah Shepley and Alain Verberkmoes who are all willing and eligible to stand. Adam Dzwonnik, Martin Hudson and Tom Llewellyn are also standing for election as trustees.
8. Any other business

No need to book - all welcome, just turn up, and bring friends and family. The day is free, except for the final recital, tickets £15 including wine, tea, and home-made cake, on sale during the day, concessions on request.

If you are booking an advanced train ticket, our recitals usually end around 5.45 pm and always by 6 pm when we vacate the hall.

Dates in 2024 for your diary

  • July 13th, Lute Society summer party, Maidenhead, music from Peter Martin, Lynda Sayce
  • September 7th
  • September 28th, Yorkshire playing day
  • November 16th

Dates in 2025

  • February 15th, Masterclass and concert with Nigel North
  • March 6th-9th Benslow Lutefest
  • May 10th
  • September 6th
  • November 15th

Pictures from meetings

See a selection of pictures from meetings

Upcoming lute events and concerts

See listings of upcoming events

International events: other national lute societies´meetings


  • Jan 20th, Scottish Lute and Early Guitar Society meeting at , Chris Elmes place, 1F1 25 Haddington Place, EH7 4AF, from 1pm, their traditional style of meeting where members give talks and play instruments followed by tea and cake. Eventbrite link - tickets
  • Mar 16th, Societa del Liuto online meeting, 11am European time, Domenico Cerasani,
  • Mar 23rd, Scottish Lute and Early Guitar Society meeting, 11/3 Brandon Street, Edinburgh, EH3 5DX, from 1pm Tickets
  • April 6th-7th, Societe Francaise de Luth, 40th anniversary party, Chapelle Saint Thomas d'Aquin, 3 place St.Thomas d'Aquin, 75007 Paris,
  • April 7th, Societa del Liuto online meeting, 11am European time, Michele Pasotti
  • May 4th, Societa del Liuto online meeting, 11am European time, Tiziano Bagnati
  • June 1st, Luitdag en jaarvergadering: 1 juni 2024-Doopsgezinde Kerk Utrecht, Dutch lute society
  • June 1st-2nd, Deutsche Lautengesellschaft Festival, Seligenstadt
  • June 23rd-29th, Cleveland Lute Fest 2024, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio
  • July 16-17, 12th annual Maurizio Pratola lute playing contest
  • August 25th - Scottish Lute and Early Guitar Society meeting, Edinburgh
  • Oct 6, Belgian Lute Academy day, at the music academy of St Lambrechts Woluwe (near Brussels)
  • Nov 2 (Sunday rather than Saturday), - Scottish Lute and Early Guitar Society meeting, Edinburgh
  • Nov 23-24 European Lute Orchestra concert, in Aix en Provence plus masterclass with Bor Zuljan, conference on Paladino, exhibition etc


  • Feb 5-8 Peter Croton mini-residency in Cambridge; working with some students and giving a joint concert on Feb 7 at St Catharine’s College

2023 (for historical interest)

  • March 25th, Zoom meeting of the Societa Italiana del Liuto
  • April 1st-2nd, Societe Francaise de Luth, annual meeting, Chapelle Saint Thomas d'Aquin, 3 place St.Thomas d'Aquin, 75007 Paris, contact:
  • April 8th, Zoom meeting of the Societa Italiana del Liuto
  • May 4th, Zoom meeting of the Societa Italiana del Liuto
  • May 20th Scottish Lute and Early Guitar Society meeting, Edinburgh
  • May 21st-23rd Deutsche Lautengesellschaft meeting at Burg Sternberg, near Lemgo, Germany,
  • June 25th, Nederlands Luit Vereniging, meeting, Centrale Bibliotheek, Spui 68, Den Haag, Muziekverdieping (5e etage)
  • July 8th, meeting of the Scottish Lute and Early Guitar Society, Edinburgh
  • July 9th-16th, Lute Society of America Lutefest East at Amherst Early Music Festival
  • July 30-August 5th Lute Society of America online Lutefest
  • September 16th, Raphael Mest lute conference and concert, Linkoping, Sweden,
  • October 1, à Foranim, 48 rue Bargue 75015 Paris, Concerts de rentrée de la Société Française de Luth
  • October 14-15, Italian lute society meeting, Roma
  • October 15th Belgian lute day
  • October, Grand Lute Festival, Rome, date tba
  • November 1-3 Tablature in Western Music Study Group Meeting, Tours, 2023 Meeting, Tours, at the Centre d’Etudes Supèrieures de la Renaissance.
  • November 18th, European Lute Orchestra concert, Prato
  • November 25th-26th, Nederlands Luitvereiniging 40th anniversary celebration, Utrechtse Muziekschool, Domplein, Utrecht

Back list of virtual meetings on our Youtube Channel

Prompted by the Covid pandemic, since 2020 we have regularly made films of our meetings for people anywhere in the world to see and enjoy.
You can find them all here:
or here